According to Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, “Oral diseases are progressive and cumulative and become more complex over time. They can affect our ability to eat, the foods we choose, how we look, and the way we communicate. These diseases can affect economic productivity and compromise our ability to work at home, at school, or on the job.”
In fact, according to the US Census Bureau Report, working-age adults in the United States make an average 3.9 visits to the doctor or any other medical provider in a year, which is a significantly low figure as compared to the 4.8 recorded in 2001.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index further stated that only 64.7% Americans visited a dentist in 2013, as compared to the 65.7 percent who visited in 2008, despite the increase in the overall population of the country. Given that about 8,000 people die in The United States every year because of oral and pharyngeal cancers, these are concerning numbers, believes Dr. Garry E. Horblitt of Revitalizing Smiles.
Why Do You Need to Pay Regular Dental Visits?
It is important to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
During a check-up, the dentist checks for your overall oral health and if you have ensured regular checkups, there is nothing to be concerned about at this time.
If there is any plaque and build-up in the teeth, it is removed during the cleaning process and the dental professional may even polish your teeth.
They will also review your brushing and flossing techniques and will guide you on the same.
They will guide you regarding how you should maintain your teeth.
What Happens During the Visit?
Checking for tooth decay or any other oral problem is just a part of the whole dental examination process. During the checkup, the dentist evaluates the health of your gums, performs a head and neck examination and makes sure that there is no sign of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
Since plaque and tartar can build up within a short span of time due to food, beverage and tobacco stains, they need to given special attention. If not removed, they can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue.
Tips for Better Oral Care
Makes sure you visit your dentist every six months, even if you do not have any problem. In case your oral health is not up to the mark, more frequent visits will be needed.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that has fluoride.
Floss at least once a day.
Use water to rinse your mouth to get rid of bacteria after every meal.